Patrick Swayze Speaks Out Against Tabloid Headline
Patrick Swayze slammed the National Enquirer over "inaccurate" reporting about his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Reacting to an Enquirer cover showing pictures of the Dirty Dancing star looking gaunt, with the headline "The End," Swayze told People he's responding well to new treatment.
"It's amazing to me that the tabloids, such as the National Enquirer, print such negative stories about me and my health when there are so many positive things going on in my life right now," Swayze said. "I've started a new chemotherapy and, once again, I am one of the lucky ones with pancreatic cancer that is responding well to the treatment."
Among the things Swayze has going for him are his "gorgeous" 12-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, named Kumasai, an autobiography in the works, and the "the fantastic response from everyone on my A&E series The Beast."
Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a year ago, and doctors say he has responded well to treatment. He continued filming the first season of The Beast with his doctor's permission, wrapping in November. Soon after, Swayze called tabloid reports of his imminent death "lies" and "the only thorn in my side." In January, he told Barbara Walters he was "going through hell" in his cancer fight.
Swayze said he just wants tabloids to stop focusing on the negative.
"I hope in the future, the press will think twice about printing inaccuracies and painting an unpleasant picture when I have so much to be thankful for at this time," he said.